Congrats to our winners of Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After tickets!

The whole cast assembles for the finale of Rockin' Ever After. / Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment.

Congratulations to Elisha Tomasko of Fernandina Beach and Donna Atkins of Yulee! Each of you won four FREE tickets to see Disney on Ice: Rockin’ Ever After in Jacksonville! If you didn’t win, you can still save $5 per-ticket with our discount code, JXBLG4.   This giveaway is now over. We’re giving away TWO family […]

Congrats to the winners of FREE Family Four Packs to see LEGENDS Circus in Jax!

Hurry! All entries must be in by midnight Thursday, Jan. 9!

Note: This drawing is now closed. Congratulations to our winners, Brittnee Brice of Yulee, Wendy Michalak of Yulee and Dena Berbaum of Sanderson. If you would like to purchase tickets, get $5 off at with the code: JXBLG * This deal is not valid on Thursday or for the 3:30 p.m. show Saturday. It’s for […]

Holiday Tradition: Ritz-Carlton’s Giant Gingerbread Ship

The S.S. Amelia is on display throughout the holiday season in the Ritz-Carlton lobby. Photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton.

The sweet smell of the Ritz-Carlton’s gingerbread ship reaches your nose even before you can see the 17-foot long wonder. Every year for the holidays, the hotel’s pastry team bands together to make the pirate ship, dubbed the S.S. Amelia. It’s made each year using a whopping 3,000 eggs and 1,200 pounds of sugar. Decked out with […]

FREE Museum Day Nationwide One Saturday a Year

The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, and is a collaboration of 26 national and international golf organizations including the USGA, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and The R&A.

Every year families throughout the US are able to visit museums for FREE through the Museum Day Live! program. The only “work” you have to do for your free ticket this Saturday is print out a pass from the Museum Day Live! website, hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. You get one ticket — good for two people […]

Super Grom! FREE Kids’ Surf Lesson Festival Each Summer in Jacksonville Beach

Some of the best surfers in the region volunteer their time to make Super Grom possible.

If your child has always dreamed of surfing, Jacksonville Beach’s Super Grom Surf Festival is THE way to start realizing that dream. The Florida Surfing Association generously offers FREE kids’ surfing lessons several times each summer during their Super Grom Surf Fest series. Besides a “Push and Surf” lesson with some of the region’s most talented surfers, […]

Photos, Fingerprints, DNA — for KIDS? Why the Sheriff’s Office Recommends It.

Why do police fingerprint kids and get their DNA?

I have to admit it: I was uncomfortable with the idea of getting my kids fingerprinted. And taking DNA samples “just in case?” No thanks. It seemed morbid and extreme, as if planning for the unthinkable. Then I had a talk with Nassau County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Sutton. A big proponent of the free safety […]

FREE Music at St. Marys’ “Starry Nights” One Saturday a Month


During the warmer months, St. Marys hosts a monthly outdoor get-together called “Starry Nights.” Bring your family, lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes to the city’s Gilman Waterfront Park to watch whoever is performing on stage. By the way, they have a playground at the park for the children, and the waterfront, itself, is lovely! […]

Tour the Schooner Steelaway for FREE Once a Month in St. Marys

Families can tour the Schooner Steelaway once a month in St. Marys, GA.

If you ever wondered what it’s like to live aboard a schooner, take a seat between Anne Stone and John Fazzio on the Steelaway. That’s what I did when I went out to interview the husband and wife, who built the schooner together, had their wedding on board, and continue to live on the ship […]

Always FREE

Our wonderful community has something free for every kid, including free art classes, animal encounters, meals and more. Here is our list: Free Art Classes Every month, Fernandina Beach’s Island Art Association offers free art classes for children. They’re typically the last Saturday of the month. There are sessions for kids ages 6 to 9 […]

FREE Stockings, Food and Fun at Christmas in the Park in St. Marys

A Gingerbread House with free cookies and hot chocolate is one of the offerings at Christmas in the Park.

Each year St. Marys has a special day set aside where the spirit of giving is shown in a way we rarely see these days. It’s all thanks to the Dixon family, who decided one year to organize an event reminiscent of the “old days” in St. Marys, when the paper mill used to pass […]